Brunei biz delegation to attend Jakarta trade fair

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

A BRUNEI business delegation will be attending the Jakarta International Handicraft Trade Fair for the first time, said an official from the Indonesian embassy yesterday.

Some business leaders from Brunei have already confirmed their intention to attend the 18th Jakarta International Handicraft Trade Fair, or INACRAFT 2016, said Rudhito Widagdo, Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs.

The fair, Indonesia’s biggest exhibition of gifts and houseware, will be held from April 20-24 at the Jakarta Convention Centre in the nation’s capital.

The annual event has become an iconic exhibition of Indonesian handicraft products which will see at least 4,000 Indonesian companies participating and more than four million visitors including from foreign countries such as ASEAN member states, China, Japan and Korea, Rudhito told The Brunei Times.

He said the Indonesian embassy will assist the buying mission for the Brunei business community to the event by arranging hotel accommodation and transportation.

The event will be launched by Indonesian President Joko Widodo on April 20.

“We are targeting 40 participants from Brunei to attend the event, which aims to further enhance trade relations between the two countries,” he said.

He said he also hopes that a high-ranking official from Brunei will be attending INACRAFT 2016.

Amongst the products that will be showcased during the five-day event are art furniture, reliefs, woodcraft, carpets, fashion embroidery and garments, woven products, jewellery and other decorative items.

Rudhito said that in the midst of the global economic downturn, which is being driven by falling oil prices, entrepreneurs from Indonesia and Brunei should work together and strengthen their trade relations to help improve the economies of both countries as the two chambers of commerce and industry signed a memorandum of understanding in February last year.

During this year’s INACRAFT, members of the Brunei buying mission will have an opportunity to meet members of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, officials from the Indonesian Small-Medium Enterprises and Cooperatives (SMESCO) and the Association of Exporters and Producers of Indonesian Handicrafts (ASEPHI).

The business meeting with SMESCO aims to share Indonesia’s experiences in SME development and to support Brunei’s efforts in its ‘One Village, One Product’ initiative and help in the establishment of a SME Centre in Brunei, he said.

It is also hoped that during the meeting with ASEPHI, they can provide information on export and import procedures to the Brunei business delegation.

“I hope this business meeting will produce concrete results for both parties,” he added.

The closing date for registration is on March 21.

For more information on INACRAFT 2016, the Economic Affairs Unit at the Indonesian Embassy can be contacted at 2330180/7161320/8899333, by fax at 2330646 or by e-mail at kbribsb@brunet.bn or bsbegawan.kbri@kemlu.go.id

The Brunei Times